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Nov 18

November New Books

Posted on November 18, 2020 at 11:51 AM by Iredell County Public Library

Happy Turkey month! We have some awesome new books that we are super excited about. We hope you like them, too. Feel free to place these books on from our catalog or send us an Express Books order for hand-picked materials!

Picture Books

Hey y’all it’s Ms. Shannon! My first book recommendation is My Rainbow by DeShanna Neal and Trinity Neal. It’s about Whitney, who wants long hair like her dolls. Her mom creates the perfect wig that looks just right and shows her daughters vibrant character.

The second book I thought was super worth reading is Speak Up, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell. Molly Lou Melon is back with a tough topic that she can definitely handle, when she needs to stand up to a bully that’s teasing and terrorizing kids at school.

Finally, I recommend Cozy by Jan Brett. This tender loving story is about Cozy the Ox who has no problems staying warm. He finds new friends when he’s separated from his family. His friends need him to keep them warm. Jan Brett is a great author and her books are always a great read for this time of year.

Juvenile Fiction and Non-Fiction Books

Hi, again, it’s Ms. Alexa and I’m so excited to read Three Keys by Kelly Yang. This is the sequel to her award-winning book Front Desk, which was on the Battle of the Books list last year. In Three Keys, Mia Tang starts sixth grade and it isn’t exactly going the way she wanted it to. Her parents’ motel is in trouble, she finally is getting to write (yay!) but her teacher doesn’t like her work, and there is an immigration law that might be put into effect that can change everything in Mia’s life. This book is realistic fiction and Kelly Yang does an excellent job of talking about the real things that can go on in real life—not everything goes the way we want it to. 

Another book I’ve marked to read is Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia. This is the first book in its series (and is a Rick Riordan Presents book). This book stars Paola, a 12 year old who loves space. She just wants to get the best view with her telescope with her best friends but has to go to the river where the La Llorona haunts. Despite her mother’s warnings, she goes to the river anyways but her best friend, Emma, never shows up… Can she, a science lover, find her friend amongst the myths?

The non-fiction book I’m super excited to read is The Secret Life of Spies by Michael Noble and Alexander Mostov. This book lets you read about the lives of 20 different spies that actually existed throughout history. I can’t wait to meet some of the most infamous spies from all over the world and get a glimpse into their super cool lives.

YA Fiction and Non-Fiction Books

Hey everybody, it’s Ms. Hannah! The first book I’m excited about is Running by Natalia Sylvester. With the presidential election happening this year and all the politics and turmoil that has been happening it could not be a better time for a book about dealing with elections and political pressure form you parents. Mari’s dad is running for president and over the course of his campaign she learns that he may not be the man she always believed. What is she supposed to do when her father’s view on politics is not her own, follow silently with the status quo or take a stand against him? A great look at what roll teens can play in politics and activism even if they aren’t able to vote yet. 

The second book is Deepfake by Sarah Darer Littman. In a world where everything is online and so much misinformation is happening out there, how do you prove that a video gone viral is a fake? Dara has everything she ever wanted, before a video of her accusing her boyfriend of cheating on the SAT’s go viral. Dara claims it isn’t true but how do you fight the evidence. This will really hit a point in todays technology infused world, where a lie is so easy to spread and information can be manipulated. A great way to look at the way’s rumors spread and how they can possibly damage a life beyond repair. 

And the non-fiction book I’m recommending this month is 6 Super Skills for Executive Functioning: Tools to Help Teens Improve Focus, Stay Organized & Reach Their Goals by Lara Honos-Webb. With 2020 the world has gone a little crazy and the start of the school year has just added more confusion and stress. If you’re like me sometimes its hard to focus on keeping up with deadlines and making sure your space doesn’t look like a disaster area. This book attempts to break down skills and ways to help organize your life and get it back on track. My favorite part of this book so far is how each section has a “try it” giving you options to figure out what works best, also the “positive talk” to remind you that being kind/positive with yourself is one of the best things you can do. 

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